The University of Melbourne is planning to set up a Micro-Campus in India and has shortlisted Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru for the same.
The National Education Policy 2020 had earlier allowed foreign universities to set up campuses in India. However, this is going to become a reality. Top-ranked higher educational institute in Australia, the University of Melbourne will be setting up a micro-campus in India next year.
The set-up will be smaller and will serve multiple functions such as offering professional education, courses in hybrid mode and conferences. This campus will offer joint degrees in partnership with good quality Indian Universities and research institutes. Students will spend some part of their course in India and the remaining in Australia.
The University of Melbourne has chosen Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. The program will offer micro-credential courses, graduate-level courses and professional certificates across a wide range. The University will be offering applied data analytics, public health and information technology.
There will be flexibility in the courses. The theoretical aspects are taught online and a significant portion is taught in person. Academics will come to India from Melbourne. The University is also planning to recruit teachers and professors from top Indian institutes.
Motto Behind Micro-Campus
The aim of this micro-campus is to reach the diverse student population of India. This is beyond the groups of students in the on-campus degrees of the University. Australia is broaching flexible ways to provide world-class education and life-changing experience to the Indian student population.
Indians are the second largest migration group in Australia after the British. Indians are expected to grow more than the British in four-to-five years. Countries welcome Indian migrants as they speak good English and they have advanced skills. They have the interest to take part in Australian life and culture.
Australia is also looking to double the post-study work rights for students. This will help in retaining talent and offer an easy permanent residency pathway to international students. Currently, Indian students get two years of post-study work rights in Australia.
Savitribai Phule Pune University has a teacher training collaboration with Australia. The two institutions offer a blended teaching degree from early childhood education. Indian Universities also look to offer work-integrated subjects in which industry recruits students as a part of the curriculum.